Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 16, 2014

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." Jeremiah 18:1-3


Time to go to the potter's house
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends of the Anglican realignment,
Is it really possible to change? I believe this is one of the questions at the heart of the Anglican realignment before us. This question is at the heart of the crisis of false teaching and un-Biblical practices within the Anglican Communion. From the standpoint of those championing unilateral changes to Biblical teaching on human sexuality, the question is whether those who hold to Biblical teaching on human sexuality will change their thinking and accommodate revisions. Can misguided, misinformed, undereducated and homophobic Anglicans be persuaded through "facilitated discussions" (a.k.a. Continuing Indaba or reconciliation) to relent, soften their interpretation of scripture and recognize that we live in a new cultural context-especially in the West-where there will be no platform for the Gospel (so it is believed) unless and until the church accommodates on issues of human sexuality?

I've just been with friends in the UK on the way back from classes I'm taking on that side of the pond. The Church of England is under tremendous pressure from the government to accommodate its practice to the new Gay Marriage law. Many believe that the Archbishop of Canterbury has bought the Church some time through the promise of two years of "facilitated discussions" (a.k.a. Continuing Indaba or reconciliation) on this subject. Which is more likely to happen at the end of these facilitated conversations: a firm but gracious biblical refusal to accommodate, or a caving in to the liberal agenda, with perhaps some provision for those orthodox who conscientiously object? If the latter, how long would it take before a civilly married gay clergy couple would challenge whatever provisions there may be for those orthodox who conscientiously object? How long did it take Canon Jeremy Pemberton to challenge the Church of England Bishops' Letter prohibiting clergy from marrying under the new Gay Marriage law? more from Canon Ashey.

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